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Sleeping tea
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Post # 1
Greetings. I have found a tea that has greatly aided in my going to sleep. in fact, it is so powerful, it can put anyone to sleep in under an hour. The body has an innate ability to build up defenses really quickly so using this tea nightly may not work.

First what you need to do is go out and find some dandelions. Pick some of their leaves and dry them. The leaves will be the main ingredient in your tea. Once you have dried the leaves, make sure you have a tea ball to place them in. Go ahead and pick out your favorite tea packet from the cupboard (works best with Chamomile or Green Tea). Put some hot water in a cup and place your tea packet in the water, as though you were creating regular tea. Then, place 3-4 dried dandelion leaves in the tea ball and submerge it in your tea for 30 seconds (more or less). Then you are free to enjoy.

It may not taste very good, in which case you may add sugar or other flavors to neutralize it. You can dispose of the used leaves once you are done.
The tea works best if you use it once every two weeks. any more often, and you may not get the desired effect out of it.

Enjoy.

ps: do NOT use too many leaves. i think the leaves contain a toxin which makes you sleep and it could harm you if you take too much.
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Re: Sleeping tea
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Post # 2

Yes, it is thought that dandelion leaves are not so good for you, but take a read of this..http://www.susunweed.com/herbal_ezine/May10/grandmother.htm

Two other great teas for sleeping are chamomile and lavender. ^.^

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Re: Sleeping tea
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Post # 3
Or just ingest canibis?
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Re: Sleeping tea
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Post # 4
that was a nice article. I think she was eating baby dandelion leaves though. in my tea, i use the big leaves. Thank you for that article. now i do not fear eating them. i was a little afraid.
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Re: Sleeping tea
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Post # 5
i am against drugs. i have an older brother who could very well be the next person on celebritiy rehab or on intervention. idk
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Re: Sleeping tea
By: / Knowledgeable
Post # 6
Dandelion is a diuretic, so please don't use this every night. It can cause potassium loss and dehydration over time, especially after a week of consistent use.

It is perfectly acceptable to use dandelion leaves, in fact, many people eat them in salads. You could choose to eat them if you like the taste (but either grow them yourself or buy them, never pick them from public ground.

But because they are a diuretic, they can also cause you to frequently visit the bathroom. And waking up in the middle of the night to pee every few hours isn't very fun! It is not advised to ever give dandelion to small children in the evening because it can cause them to wet the bed.

The main reason your tea works is the green tea (which relieves anxiety and calms) or chamomile (a safe relaxer of body and mind). Try it without the dandelion and I'm sure you'll see very little difference in effect. Using raw honey in the tea will also help, because honey has properties that soothe.

Other safe choices for teas include passionflower and valerian root.
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Re: Sleeping tea
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Post # 7
i have tried it without the dandelion to no effect. and everyone i have given the tea to has been litterally WIPED OUT as far as physical energy goes within an hour. i have also never had that diuretic problem, but thanks for the heads up.
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Re: Sleeping tea
By: / Beginner
Post # 8
Dandelions aren't as poisonous as you people may think, I mean there are species of dandelion that are definitely dangerous if too much is consumed but from across the globe over hundreds of years dandelions have been used in all sorts of medicinal and culinary manners. They say dandelions can be especially nutritious and apparently taste rather nice (not that I've actually tried eating it) For example dandelions have been used in salads, they're known to make a good tonic to relieve liver and kidney problems, they can be steamed and simply be eaten as "vegetable", they can be used to brew beer also there is a very famous chinese herbal tea made entirely of dandelion blooms I like it very much because it has a subtle bitter taste with a sweet after taste.
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Re: Sleeping tea
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Post # 9
Thanks for this thread; it's quite interesting. I knew dandelion leaves have been eaten, but never realized they could help with insomnia.

However, I think it's odd you are willing to use one plant to alter your mental status - dandelion - but are against using another plant in a similar way... because one of the plants has been labeled a "drug." Fact is, the way you are using dandelion leaves makes them a drug, too: a drug is defined as "a substance that has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body, in particular."

Another example: caffeine is a drug; thus, Coca-Cola is a drug. Are you against soda?

That's not to say that all drugs are the same, of course: I don't know how bad dandelions are for you, but I know cocaine is a lot worse. But be aware that it doesn't make sense to be "against drugs", because they're everywhere - only against *harmful* drugs, perhaps.
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Re: Sleeping tea
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Post # 10
Hops are another nice choice for sleeping herbs. A mixture of these and passionflower will be effectie, with an addition of valerian in more pressing cases. You should always check with a medical professional, even when using herbs. The fact that they are herbs doesn't make them any less likely to cause interactions, or to have cross indications.
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